Anty-body builders – Bugs storing up food reserves lift many times their weight

 

Most people would be pleased with themselves after a session lifting heavy weights at the gym.

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

But for these ants it’s second nature, judging by these images from Indonesia.

With their mouths full of mimosa tree seeds, the ants scurry along carrying many times their weight to provide food for the nest.

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

At several points, the colony even takes to showing off for the camera as they create three-tiered formations that would put even the strongest circus performers to shame.

Remarkably the insects are also fearless in the face of danger – when confronted by a motley white spider, the ants appear to gang up for protection against the creeper.

 Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

While this miraculous feat of strength can’t be seen by the naked eye, Eko Adiyanto, a 43-year-old photographer from west Java, Indonesia, managed to capture the stunt by getting up close and personal using macro photography techniques.

Eko said: “I like to shoot macro photography as there is a really high degree of difficulty in the process.

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

Ants team up together to help carry mimosa tree seeds along thin stems

“If the results are good, it gives you a great sense of satisfaction.

“The ants are so small and to see how much power they have in their tiny bodies is fascinating.

Ants team up together

Ants team up together

“There are a lot of insects roaming around near my house and I find it really interesting. I use macro photography to find out more about what they do.

“The results are amazing, especially when the red ants appear to perform tricks like this for the camera which are unseen to the naked eye.”